The First Tycoon
  • Author : T.J. Stiles
  • Release Date : 21 April 2009
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 752
  • ISBN 13 : 9780307271556
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Download or read book entitled The First Tycoon written by T.J. Stiles and published by Vintage online. This book was released on 21 April 2009 with total pages 752. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD In this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of will, did more than perhaps any other individual to create modern capitalism. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, The First Tycoon describes an improbable life, from Vanderbilt’s humble birth during the presidency of George Washington to his death as one of the richest men in American history. In between we see how the Commodore helped to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation. Epic in its scope and success, the life of Vanderbilt is also the story of the rise of America itself.